Jean Vianney’s whole, incorrupt heart is coming to Virginia!


Dear Brother Knight,

The major relic of St. Jean Vianney’s whole, incorrupt heart is coming to Virginia! It will be at the Basilica of Saint Mary, 310 South Royal Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 from Tuesday, Jan. 15 until Wednesday, Jan.16.

On Tuesday, Jan. 15, the relic will be available for veneration from 6:30 a.m. until 9 a.m. and again from 11:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. A Holy Hour for Vocations will begin at 7 p.m.

On Wednesday, Jan. 16, the relic will be available for veneration from 6:30 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated on both days at 6:30 a.m., 8 a.m. and 12:10 p.m.

On Jan. 16, Fr. Patrice Chocholski, Rector of the Shrine of St. Jean Marie Vianney in Ars, France, will speak at 7 p.m.

The Knights of Columbus is organizing this “Heart of a Priest” relic pilgrimage honoring the patron of parish priests, whose holiness and integrity is a model for clergy and laity alike. We hope as many Knights and their families as possible will be able to venerate this relic.

Please share the details of this rare opportunity with your pastor and perhaps request he make an announcement.

Visit for more details.

Knights of Columbus


9 Days for Life – Jan 14-22


Intercession: May a culture of life grow ever stronger in our communities.

Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

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God has carefully, lovingly created every person—in His own image and likeness—to be in a loving relationship with Himself. From each tiny child knit within a mother’s womb, to every person approaching death, all are loved perfectly and completely by God. “It is therefore a service of love,” Pope Saint John Paul II explains, “which we are all committed to ensure to our neighbor, that his or her life may be always defended and promoted, especially when it is weak or threatened [emphasis added]” (Evangelium vitae, 77).

In a world in which the most vulnerable are so often overlooked and disregarded, Christ calls us to embrace and uphold the unconditional dignity of every human life. In doing so, we help to build “a new culture of life, the fruit of the culture of truth and of love” (EV, 77).

Acts of Reparation (Choose one.)


  • Do you love your cup of tea or coffee? Abstain from caffeine today, or try your coffee black.
  • “Unplug” for some time, and reflect on how God may be asking you to help build a culture of life in your home, workplace, or Church community.

Offer some other sacrifice, prayer, or act of penance that you feel called to do for today’s intention.

One Step Further

Watching the news and reading headlines, we may often feel helpless in the face of a heartbreaking lack of respect for human life. When our efforts to make a difference feel small, it’s important to remember that changing the culture is a process of conversion that begins in our own hearts. It includes a willingness to be instructed and a desire to be close to Jesus—the source of joy and love.

For more ideas, “How to Build a Culture of Life” ( briefly explains where to start.

Respect Life Month is joining in prayer at St Bridget

Novena: 9 Days for Life

One of the simplest ways our parish can unite during Respect Life Month is joining in prayer. Praying a Novena is an extremely accessible, yet powerful way to pray for a specific intention. To participate in our parish-wide Novena for Life, all you need to do is pray the designated prayer once a day, for nine days in a row, starting January 14th, and ending January 22nd. Click HERE to a reminder each day of the Novena.

Respect Life Holy Hour

Spending time in front of our Lord in the Eucharist is a wonderful opportunity for quiet prayer and reflection. On January 15th at 6:30 p.m. we will have Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

March for Life

Looking to head to D.C. this year for the annual March for Life? It will be held on Friday, January 18th. There will be seats to reserve on one of two shuttle buses but spaces are limited (or you can drive separately). Logistics listed below:

  • The Saint Edward’s bus will be stopping at the Saint Bridget access road by the Middle School for pick-up at 8:30 a.m. You would need to be at Saint Bridget no later than 8:15 a.m. to leave time to check in. To reserve a seat on this bus, please contact bus captain Tony Hackenburg directly at
  • There will also be a bus that departs from the Columbian Center; people will need to meet at 7:45 a.m. for an 8 a.m. departure from the Pump Road location. You will then travel to the Pastoral Center to meet with the Southside bus, and depart DC at 4-4:30 p.m. To reserve a seat on this bus contact Darius, the captain for the Columbian Center bus, at
  • When signing up, please provide a mobile phone number.

For more information about the March for Life, head to their website at

Brother Knight Greg Stivers’ Wife Jennifer

STIVERS, Jennifer Marable, 49, of Rockville, Va., passed away January 4, 2019. She was born in Columbus, Ohio, but grew up in Dallas, Texas. She graduated from Ursuline Academy, where she met her soulmate and future husband, Greg. Shortly after graduating from the University of Texas in 1991, Greg and Jennifer were married. They were blessed with four beautiful children, who along with her Catholic faith, were her guideposts in her life. Her final decade was challenged by the effects of a brain injury, but her selfless love for friends and family never wavered. She found her calling in taking the Holy Eucharist to men and women at three local nursing homes along with her best friend and companion, Ludwig, her 165-pound Greater Swiss Mountain Dog. Jennifer is survived by her husband, Greg Lewis Stivers; daughters, Elizabeth Madison Stivers, Grace Reed Stivers; sons, Samuel Marable Stivers, Andrew James Stivers; sisters, Lisa Palmer (Matthew), Kathleen Boucher (Oliver), Nancy Stripling (Guy); brother, James Marable (Dawn); and many extended family members. She was preceded in death by her father, Samuel Addison Marable III; mother, Audrey V. Marable Fink; stepfather, John Fink; and brothers, Mike Fink and Samuel Marable. The family will receive friends on Thursday, January 10, 2019, at Bliley’s Funeral Home, 3801 Augusta Avenue, Richmond, Va., from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. The family will share at 7 p.m. with a Rosary to follow at 7:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Friday, January 11, 2019, at St. Bridget Catholic Church, 6006 Three Chopt Road, Richmond, Va. In lieu of flowers, Jennifer’s family would ask that you make time monthly to visit a loved one or someone that you may not even know at a local nursing home. Your smile could change their life and their response may just change yours.


Good morning, Brothers.

 During last night’s Business Meeting, we discussed plans to support the Stivers family in a number of ways over the coming weeks. We also discussed reaching out to Monsignor Carr to offer our support this week. I reached out to Monsignor this morning, and his response is below.  

 If you’re planning to attend this Friday’s funeral services, please wear your Knights badge/pin and look for other Brothers to assist with Monsignor’s request below. The services are scheduled to begin at 10am, so I’ll plan on being there at least 45 minutes early to help coordinate.

 Fraternally,   Bart


Dedication of St. Bridget’s Completed Bell Tower

SBCC Christmas Eve 2018

This Saturday, January 12, Bishop Barry Knestout will lead the “Dedication of St. Bridget’s Completed Bell Tower and Landscaping Project” prior to 5:30pm Mass.  The congregation will gather outside in front of the Bell Tower at 5 p.m. for the Dedication, and a reception will follow in the Church Commons after the 5:30 p.m. Mass.

 Specifics can be found here.  

 Thank you for your continued leadership and support.


 Bart Leahey, Grand Knight

St. Bridget Church | Knights of Columbus Council 5476

mobile: 804.240.9859


March for Life/Respect Life Holy Hour in January


It’s not too late to sign-up for the March for Life on Friday, January 18, 2019, in Washington D.C. If you already signed up for 2019 no need to respond. This year we have the St. Edward’s bus stopping at the St. Bridget access road by the Middle School for pick-up at 8:30 a.m. as an additional option.  You would need to be at St. Bridget no later than 8:15 a.m. to leave time to check in.  To reserve a seat on that bus, please contact bus captain Tony Hackenburg directly at

If you would like spots reserved on the bus that departs from the Columbian Center we will follow the routine of past years as far as departure time, etc.( meeting at 7:45 a.m. for an 8 a.m.departure from the Pump Rd. location, travel to the Pastoral Center to meet with the Southside bus, and depart DC at 4-4:30 p.m.).  This year, instead of emailing me, contact Darius, the bus captain for the Columbian Center bus, directly at .  Darius, please let us know if you anticipate any substantive changes.

When signing up, please provide a mobile phone number.

Please pass this information along to friends, parish groups, etc.  Of course, please make sure to check the weather(I’m hopeful it will be balmy) and dress appropriately.  Also,please  bring your own lunch and refreshments.  We plan to arrive back in Richmond by 6:30 p.m., again depending on traffic.

Also, a Respect Life Holy Hour has been scheduled for January 15, 2019, @ 6:30 p.m. at St. Bridget Church.   The Holy Hour will be intended as a vigil of sorts for the March for Life and will include Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction.  Please make every effort to join the Church in prayer for the success of our pro-life efforts.

Finally, thanks to Ron Campbell and the Knights of Columbus for spearheading a Novena for Life, running from Jan. 14 through Jan. 22.  Information on how to participate in the Novena is available at

Mike K.

HELP! It’s our weekend to do donuts after the 9 and 11 am Masses

Dear Brother Knights,

Merry Christmas and Happy Epiphany of the Lord Sunday! Yea Brothers, it’s also that special time once again! This coming Sunday is the first Sunday of the month and it is our weekend to do donuts after the 9 and 11 am Masses.  If 1 (or more) of you could join me

  • at 8-ish to prep trays/coffee in the kitchen and/or
  • after Communion at the 9 am Mass to help serve or
  • after Communion at the 11 am Mass to help serve or
  • a wee bit of cleanup after the 11 am Mass donut-and-coffee fest is finished.

Each of these activities only takes about 20-30 minutes. We have been known to look the other way should a donut get broken, become unsuitable for serving, and need to be eaten by one of the Brothers to spare our fellow parishioners.

Thank you and may you continue to have a joyous Christmas Season!


Jay Pierotti, Minister of Donuts

St. Bridget Knights of Columbus | Council 5476

mobile: 804.921.0495